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Broadway & The Bard

From 55 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Original, Clever, Great acting

About the show

Amas Musical Theatre presents stage and screen veteran Len Cariou, combining his two great loves – Shakespeare and American Musical Comedy – into one diverse evening of soliloquy and song. More…

Universally acclaimed stage and screen veteran Len Cariou gives full voice to an idea that he has harbored for years. Combining his two great loves into one rich and diverse tapestry; outfitting trenchant classical soliloquies and sonnets with inventive musical pairings from beloved writers of the Great White Way.


Member Reviews (55)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Original, Clever, Great acting
72
Avg Score

50
Clever, Disappointing, Great acting, Poor singing, Original

See it if you love Shakespeare well-spoken and don't mind great songs poorly sung. The premise is very clever, and the life stories are engaging.

Don't see it if you feel embarrassed for entertainers whose talents are wanning. Cariou shouldn't sing any more. His black shirt did him no favors.

75
Entertaining, Original, Refreshing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of either or both show tunes and Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one actor shows !

65
Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you are a Cariou fan, you like really well acted Shakespeare monologues and semi obscure songs from old musicals performed by a faded star.

Don't see it if you like strong singing, songs you recongnize, or if you're sensitive to what I perceived to be more than a hint of misogyny.

80
Delightful, Charming, A trip down memory lane with cariou, Great acting, His voice is not what was

See it if you are a Cariou fan (who isn't?) and like Shakespeare

Don't see it if you are not a fan of memoir.

54
Poignant, A stage memoir, Personal, Funny at times

See it if You love Len Cariou, enjoy seeing Broadway vets reminisce, have a thing for Shakespeare and chase old show tunes rarely heard.

Don't see it if You have no familiarity with any of the above; if you want a polished performance. He's like your tale-telling grandpa but his voice is gone

46
Banal, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Let's face it, the old man doesn't have a great voice, so what's the point? That's it, there is no point to this show.

Don't see it if you really hate Shakespeare...or musical theater from the past.

79
Enchanting, Indulgent

See it if you love Shakespeare, musical theatre, & Len. Also, if acting a song is more important than perfect singing - a pleasure to watch.

Don't see it if u prefer shows with plots & only like music for the notes. Also, the piano sometimes overpowered him, so if u have hearing probs, be warned

70
Entertaining, Thoughtful, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and Broadway classics. Cariou has thoughtfully curated both elements and his performance is that of a true star.

Don't see it if you're expecting something revolutionary. This is more of a twist on a nightclub/cabaret act.

80
Intelligent, Original, Cabaret-eque, Clever, Reminiscent

See it if you like Shakespeare & want to hear obscure Bway showtunes, through the lens Shakespearean characters. Loved the explaining between numbers!

Don't see it if you are expecting a Broadway jukebox-type show, of all well-known songs or can't handle a show where all the songs sound very similar.

53
Dated, Slow, Intelligent

See it if Dull slow, a sleeper.

Don't see it if You are looking for excitement.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Shakespearea & show music, performed by a class act. Carriou is entertaining & makes you feel like he's talking to just to you.

Don't see it if you are too young to enjoy classic shows, or Shakespeare bores you. Carriou is a theater veteran, and a class act, mixed the two seamlessly.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Original

See it if A fan of Len Cariou and the best of the Broadway standards

Don't see it if Ur expecting Sweeney Todd

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Original

See it if You love Shakespeare combined with show tunes. Witty and entertaining one man show by the always enchanting Len Criou

Don't see it if Shakespeare is not your cup of tea. Music and recitation do not interest you. You want to hear the voice of Len as good as it used to be

48
Banal, Dated, Indulgent

See it if You like Shakespeare, you like Len Cariou, you know/appreciate older musicals.

Don't see it if You like a big production with a plot, don't like Shakespeare, expect to hear Cariou's good voice (he lost it), don't like older shows

85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Love Shakespeare, classic show tunes or a broadway greats!

Don't see it if You're not a Shakespeare fan!

78
Entertaining, Original, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of Cariou, Shakespeare, and/or show tunes; an interesting pairing of songs and soliloquies, though some work better than others

Don't see it if you're looking for a really deep exploration of the subject, or are bothered by Cariou's less-than-perfect vocal technique at almost age 80

50
Original, Mixed bag, Uneven, Great writing, Clever concept

See it if You like taking chances on off Broadway shows

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with aging stage actors

72
Slow, Great acting, Indulgent, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to see a Broadway legend, you're a big Shakespeare fan, or both.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show that goes beneath the surface of the connections between famous Broadway songs/stories and Shakespeare works.

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if enjoy fine renditions of Broadway standards and don't mind experiencing a variety of unrelated Shakespearean soliloquoies in a single show.

Don't see it if dislike cabaret-style presentations or shows without plots.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate Shakespeare and Broadway.

Don't see it if you have no interest in good theater.

96
Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like musicals. He sings songs and talks about Shakespere's plays, fun anecdotes from his life on the stage, a veteran performer.

Don't see it if you're expecting usual plot, storyline, characters, dancing.

61
Original

See it if You enjoy an intimate one-man cabaret show and you like Len Cariou!

Don't see it if You don't like Len Cariou

86
Cliched, Confusing, Banal, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you love theater

Don't see it if If you love Shakespeare

71
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You especially love Len Cariou. He goes over his career in between song and verse

Don't see it if You don't have a liking for single person doing song and verse

76
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Original

See it if You loves singing, Shakespeare, and variety shows.

Don't see it if You're not a Shakespeare fan or don't like singing and soliloquies alternating and would rather a story being told.


February 5th, 2016
"An odd but enjoyable solo show, starring the stage veteran Len Cariou, that juxtaposes monologues and sonnets with songs from musicals...Mr. Cariou’s singing voice has naturally lost some — well, frankly, much — of its power and agility since his heyday...Mr. Cariou’s delivery of his Shakespeare...
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February 4th, 2016
"What more could the 76-year-old legend want? The answer’s there in 'Broadway and the Bard’s' second number: 'Applause.' Once an ovation addict, always an ovation addict. Trouble is, Cariou may be getting more out of us than we him...While the narration between sections is crusty and halting, Car...
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February 9th, 2016
"The show is warm and delightful. At age 76, the actor's sharp and stinging presence has mellowed a bit and his singing voice has lost a bit of its range, but his aged wisdom and craft as an actor remains of a high caliber. Len Cariou certainly has more tales worth attending up his talented sleeve."
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February 5th, 2016
"The years vanished as the actor once again invested Lerner's words with a devastating sense of loss and yearning....If the rest of 'Broadway and the Bard' were of this quality, I'd be busy rustling up superlatives, but much of the time this is one of the season's odder entertainments...Cariou's ...
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